Friday, November 30, 2018

Gif of the Day


I think they call this a banana snake but you can't convince me that this isn't an actual banana peel come to life.

You Don't Say

I know this is one of those "water is wet" studies but it's still very satisfying to have science confirm this:

Study: Trump appeals to men with 'fragile masculinity'

Writing in The Washington Post, the duo concludes that “Trump is not necessarily attracting male supporters who are as confidently masculine as the president presents himself to be. Instead, Trump appears to appeal more to men who are secretly insecure about their manhood. We call this the ‘fragile masculinity hypothesis.’”



*deep breath*

AWWWWWWWWWW ARE THE POOR LITTLE TRUMP BABIES SOOOOOO FRAAAAAGILE THAT THEY HAVE TO COMPENSATE BY VOTING FOR A SENTIENT DILDO??? POOOOOOOR BAAAAAAAAABIES AND THEIR SENSITIVE LITTLE EGOS BOOBOOBOOBOOBOOBOOBOOOO.

I needed that, too.

Cops Will Be Cops

[TRIGGER WARNING: POLICE BRUTALITY, RACISM]

Let's all laugh at this to pretend for a second that it's not terrifying.

Three Police Officers Allegedly Wanted To “Whoop Some Ass” At A Protest But Beat Up An Undercover Cop Instead

Boone, Hays, and Myers encountered a man identified as L.H. in the crowd and arrested him. The undercover detective, a 22-year veteran of the police force, was dressed as a protester and providing information to officers about potential criminal activity in the crowd. 
According to the indictment, Boone, Hays, and Myers used unreasonable force: throwing the detective to the ground, kicking him, and hitting him with a riot baton “while he was compliant and not posing a physical threat to anyone.” 
When they learned that he was an undercover officer, the three men then lied about what they had done and accused him of resisting arrest, the indictment said. They tried to contact L.H. to convince him not to pursue disciplinary or legal action, and Boone, Hays, and Myers also met with or texted various potential witnesses to try to get them to join the cover-up, the indictment states.

Wow.

I mean, I knew that cops are violent assholes who join the force as an excuse to assault people with impunity, and it is funny that for once they turned that on one of their own, and funnier that they tried to cover it up and fucked that up worse than something out of a comedy starring Seth Rogan.

But the blatantness of it is terrifying.

“Let’s whoop some ass,” Myers allegedly wrote on Sept. 15. 
“It’s gonna be a lot of fun beating the hell out of these shitheads once the sun goes down and nobody can tell us apart!!!!” Boone allegedly wrote in another message. 
“We really need these fuckers to start acting up so we can have some fun,” he allegedly said the next night. 
In another exchange between Hays and Boone, Hays cautioned the other officer against using violence, though “going rogue does feel good.” 
“Remember were are in south city,” Hays allegedly texted, referencing to the majority white population of the area. “They support us, but also cameras. So make sure you have an old white dude as a witness.”

Again, I ask you: Do we really need cops? Is the policing system in this country a good thing? Is it a good thing anywhere? Can you stop "bad apples" from showing up en-masse to apply for a job that might as well say "bad apples apply here if you want to beat up people for fun and probably never face any consequences"?

Police departments are bad apple factories peppered with a few good apples.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Gif of the Day


Break out of that gif prison and nuzzle me omg.

I Needed This

I spent quite a while looking for something to blog about, scrolling through awful after awful headline, all which confirmed all the general points I've already blogged about again and again. We're catapulting toward fascism, mass murder, genocide, etc.

I can't do it anymore. I need to spread some happiness.


Look at these sweet perfect little babies. We're not born ableist, judgemental little shits. It's a damn fuckin' shit bummer that we learn it so well, but babies like these do give me hope. Or at least a reason to keep fighting.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Gif of the Day


Oh so that's how stealth works.

Border Protection Used Tear Gas Under Obama, Too

[TRIGGER WARNING: TEAR GASSING, RACISM]

Just minutes after publishing that last post, I saw this news:

Obama Administration Used Tear Gas, Pepper Spray at Border Dozens of Times, CBP Data Shows

The article does note that, just like with drone bombings, the government is doing this a lot more under Trump. But in an admittedly selfish and terrible way, this makes me feel a little better. I wish it didn't but it does. There will always be suffering and if I work on my anxiety now instead of pointlessly trying to willpower myself past it, I'll actually be able to do something more effective to help migrants in the future, when they will probably still be getting gassed by the U.S. border assholes.

I still can't shake the urgency I have now knowing that people are suffering and dying RIGHT NOW, but I don't want that gone, either.

But enough about me.

Here's the thing. Democrats are less bad than Republicans, sometimes starkly less bad, but that doesn't make them good. The delicious irony here is that the entire reason that people are angry and talking about this incidence of refugee-gassing is because Trump and his demons have drawn a ton of attention to the so-called "migrant caravan" in their racist, fascist attempt to demonize some people of color because that's page 1 in the fascist playbook.

I would have been 100% against the use of tear gas on refugees and migrants when it happened while Obama was president if I had known about it. At the same time, I don't even care if Democrats and liberals are being hypocrites about this issue now because Trump and said demons had it fucking coming.


I don't even care if this makes me a hypocrite about hypocrisy.

There are some people, who are probably terrible, who think it might be best that Trump became president because it will force people to care and act about the awful things that Democrats do on the sly. I don't think I could ever morally take the position that hurting some people now to possibly save more people later, but sometimes I think that they're not entirely wrong.

I'm Okay

In case anyone was alarmed yesterday at my two later posts, I'm okay. I am going through a prolonged existential crisis but what 30-year-old isn't right now? Probably most of my generation is.

I'm glad I took the time yesterday to get my feelings out. I cried a lot. I didn't get any closer to some magical truth that will make things better or even make me feel better. But I was able to get up this morning knowing that I will keep going because I can.

I think I've made a positive impact on the world overall. I wish I could do more. Someday I probably will be able to. I will keep feeling pain at the knowledge that people are suffering and I will keep hating and raging against injustice. And I'm glad. The worst thing that could happen to me would be becoming apathetic.

I doubt I'll ever really understand why people can be so evil. On an intellectual level I can already understand. But that's not true understanding. I know I don't want to understand on a deeper level because I would probably have to be evil myself to achieve that.

I've been through all this before. And I'll go through it again. And I guess that's part of the reason that people choose evil. They don't have to deal with this pain. That doesn't make it okay, of course. I just have to keep reminding myself that at least I didn't take the easy path. My problem is that so many people have and do, and the big joke is that they think they're rare, special individuals, rather than being just another part of a faceless, boring, evil mob.

Maybe if I do anything different, it'll be that. I'm going to press the point that the racists calling refugees "invaders" and their ilk are boring. Boring as fuck. Ordinary. The opposite of special.

Maybe I just need to come to terms with the fact that I want to do more but am held back by fear and be okay with feeling guilty about that. Maybe that's a bad idea because guilt is a terrible motivator. But I can't get over the fact that terrible things are happening now and I'm still sitting at home. Maybe I need to get it into my head that I'm not special.

I don't know. But I'm okay. I hope you are, too.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Gif of the Day


That is a skillful snatch right there.

We're All Just Trying to Cope

[TRIGGER WARNING: CHILD ABUSE]

I don't know for sure but I bet I said I would not let the child migrant prison camp thing go until it was stopped. But I've stopped posting about it. Despite the fact that those prison camps are only getting more crowded and more news keeps coming out about just how fucked up they are.

I haven't been thinking about it. Because I know that my yelling about it on the internet will not stop it, I know there aren't enough people who are willing to keep yelling about it to make a difference. I know it's not going to stop. They're going to make more prison camps and shove more kids into it and no amount of horrific news is going to put a stop to this short of a serious Holocaust-level atrocity.

I know this. In my gut, I know it. We all know it's useless, don't we? That's why we've all stopped talking about it and trying to avoid it. Not enough people care, and those that do can't keep caring while we know that nothing will be done because not enough care. Our only choices are to go do something real, like blowing a hole in the walls keeping these kids prisoner, or stop thinking about it. Or go insane from grief. Feel all the suffering in the world and scream and scream and scream until our heart stops.

We can't handle it. So we cope by pushing it out of our brains. The good ones don't mean to, but we can't help it. It's a survival technique. I do it, too. I'm actually the queen of avoidance, which is a title I don't relish because it fucks up my life constantly. But my brain learned it in order to survive and it's loath to give it up. It's also real easy to learn because it works so well, and our brains only want to protect us and keep us alive.

I don't know why people do evil things in the first place that cause so much suffering. I don't understand the malignant greed that leads people to hoard unimaginable wealth and resources. I do understand why people let it happen. We can't deal.

I hate my fucking brain sometimes. Its desperate need to survive and its false belief that anything that causes the slightest bit of discomfort of anxiety can and will kill me keeps me from even being able to go to organizing meetings. I try. I really try. I want to give everything up and go fight but I can't. I'm scared. And the enormity of the suffering in the world crushes me. All I can do it stop thinking about it. I don't know what to do anymore. I can't keep doing next to nothing. I can't do anything more. What do I do? What do I do???

How Do You Deal With a World Full of Monsters?

Hi, welcome to my constant existential crisis.

Don't tell me to focus on the good people in the world. My problem is that there is so clearly not enough good people. Actually, there's not enough people who exhibit basic human decency or the slightest inkling of compassion. I can go onto Twitter right now and witness scores of people defending and celebrating the tear gassing of children, calling these refugees "invaders," advocating for lethal force against mothers and their children, or claiming to care but fretting about how we can possibly come up with the money to support a mere 5,000 refugees right after the government decided to spend millions to send military troops to the border.

These people aren't so far from me. I see friends of friends on Facebook pulling this shit. And no amount of saying "they're human beings trying to survive and if we don't let them in we're likely condemning many of them to suffering and early death" will move them. I spent so many years trying to argue people into compassion. More recently, when I do get into internet arguments, I'm more likely to beg. I beg people to listen to me, to try to have compassion, to at least stop viewing our interaction as a battle to be won or lost and actually imagine how much these people must be suffering to walk all the way across Mexico in a desperate bid to give their children a decent life.

I've tried talking people into compassion. I've tried begging them. And this experience is leading me to believe that there are a shit load of people out there who are simply incapable of actual compassion. They might be able to fake it when it's convenient for them, but when it's not, they're willing to throw whoever the fuck under the bus. Enough people are like this that the human species has committed horrific atrocities again and again and again and said "never again" just to forget over a few generations and do it again. It's starting to feel inevitable.

I'm not sure how to cope with that.

At this point, becoming completely selfish sounds very appealing. Not becoming an asshole, but giving up on the world and focusing only on making myself a happier, more fulfilled person. I honestly would not condemn anyone who chose that path. But at this point, I can't do that. Other people's suffering still hurts me. I can't do nothing. But what I am doing still doesn't feel like enough. Not even close. I don't know what to do.

PSA: Do Not Put Tear Gas on Your Nachos

I can't believe I have to fucking say this. But apparently, the president of the fucking Border Patrol Foundation said that you can put tear gas on your nachos and eat it.


He claims it's actually pepper spray, which, no, it's not, but pepper spray is also extremely painful and incapacitating and can cause blindness and could possibly kill someone who had a bad reaction to it or had asthma. Tear gas is sort of like pepper spray only it's designed to dissolve into a smoke so that it can go directly into your lungs, making it much more dangerous for those with respiratory issues and for people in general.

Which is why tear gas is prohibited from use in war. If Mexico catapulted tear gas onto U.S. soil, our government would be freaking the fuck out because it would be considered an act of war.

But listen. Captain Potato Head here knows all this. White supremacists like this barely even have to try anymore. This is how low we've gone as a country. A huge section of our population will hear "you can tear gas your nachos" and use that to defend tear gassing desperate refugees. That is, if they're not blatantly celebrating it because they're monstrous, virulent racists.

This makes me want to carry around pepper spray so I can give someone a taste if they ever try to spout this kind of bullshit in my general area.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Gif of the Day

[TRIGGER WARNING: HORROR, BLOOD]

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Major spoiler for Cabin in the Woods ahead.

Joss Whedon is a misogynistic ass but this movie was amazing for A) killing a ton of soldiers in the most brutal ways possible and B) letting the world end.

Ohio Republicans Want to Go Full Handmaid's Tale, I Think

[TRIGGER WARNING: ANTI-CHOICE RHETORIC, RAPE CULTURE]

Full disclosure, I haven't read or watched the Handmaid's Tale because good lord I don't need to subject my brain to speculation of how bad systemic misogyny could get when I fight against how bad it already is on a daily.

The point is that what the fuck even is going on here:

Ohio Republicans declare motherhood “necessary,” want to make it mandatory

The second part of that headline may be speculation, but the first is literal.

During debate over the bill in the Ohio state house, Republican state Rep. Christina Hagan brought her infant twins onto the floor to shame women who aren't mothers about their alleged selfishness. 
"Motherhood isn't easy but it's necessary," Hagan dramatically declared when arguing for her bill to make motherhood mandatory.

Anti-choice bills are definitely efforts to make motherhood mandatory for women who become pregnant (and of course anti-choicers generally refuse to accept the fact that men and people of other genders can become pregnant). If they could get away with it, I'm sure they would make motherhood mandatory for everyone they decide is a woman. Those who can't conceive would be forced to adopt. Next maybe would be making it illegal for women to wear shoes.

The recent surge in extreme anti-choice bills, including ones that make any abortion illegal with zero exceptions, is fucking terrifying now that Brett "Crying Rapist" Kavanagh is on the Supreme Court. I'll be safe in liberal Washington State, but most U.S. states will be extremely vulnerable to losing their right to bodily autonomy, and Republicans know it. It's going to get real bad real fast, because this is how they think.

As a woman who does not want children, I can say unequivocally that motherhood is NOT necessary. It's not necessary for me to live, for me to be fulfilled, for me to be happy, or anything else. In fact, I'm pretty sure that not having kids is necessary for me to be happy. I don't want kids and I certainly don't want to permanently damage some perfectly innocent children by raising them when I don't want kids.

Don't tell me what I need unless you're willing to eat my entire ass.

How Am I Supposed to Come Up With a Headline for This

[TRIGGER WARNING: MILITARY BRUTALITY, DEATH, EXTREME PESSIMISM]

This is what we've become. No, that's wrong. This is what we always were. Or maybe this is what we were, then we got a little better, and now we're right back to being what we were before?

Today I read this article in the Guardian by a white guy named Bryan who followed the large migrant caravan for a while and then drove home to a bed and all the food he could ever need. It focuses on a mother of a kid with Down Syndrome and a father of a girl with cerebral palsy. The piece shows how desperate, brave, strong, and yet also everyday the people of this caravan are. They're just trying to survive, like so many migrants before them. Some of them are sick and might die before they reach us. Bryan does well to remind us that 3.5 million Americans moved out of the Great Plains area of the U.S. Many men migrated, mostly walking, to states like California, where they were treated like absolute shit and sometimes killed.

We really hate the poor in this country. Combine that with a race that is not white, and you hardly have a chance.

So we let so-called president send 5,000 soldiers to the border and close down a major entry point into the country. We watch as they tear-gas and fire rubber bullets at people desperate to enter the country. Apparently, most of them don't know that they'll be detained and possibly separated from their children. So much for a deterrent. Either way, some might choose separation over going home to have their children murdered by gangs.

It's only a matter of time before the soldiers, who are trained to view people like these migrants as enemies, open fire with regular bullets on these human beings for the crime of trying to live. Mexico said they deported those who rushed the gate yesterday. For the crime of trying to live.

The Guardian article is shit for inserting both-side-ism into this issue, trying to say that people calling racists racist are as bad as the racists. Meanwhile conservatives are demanding to know WHO PAID FOR some busses in the middle of Mexico that helped transport mothers, children, and disabled people from one town to another. How exactly do they think that expense is going to get back to them? It was done by some generous woman in Mexico who doesn't even want to be identified. But also, if all you care about in this issue is money, then fuck you. As soon as you care more about money than human lives, fuck you. And fuck the capitalism you rode in on.

I don't know what to do anymore. I don't know how to convince people that human beings don't deserve to die for trying to survive. People don't deserve to die for being poor or being born in a country that the U.S. gleefully fucked up beyond repair or any other accident of birth. These rich Republican shits couldn't survive a day in the shoes of the human beings in this caravan. They'd be on the ground sobbing in the space of an hour. And they have the audacity to judge.

Every day now I ask myself why I don't head down south and dedicate every waking moment of my life to helping these people sneak into the country and subverting the efforts of the border agents. I don't know how much longer I can sit in my apartment doing nothing but screaming into the void about the death of the collective human soul.

Why do we think we deserve to survive the climate apocalypse? So many humans are so utterly cruel, willing to condemn thousands to an ugly death just to line their pockets a little more or because they think they're reinforcing the privilege they already have. Those conservatives who are not rich will die with the rest of us when the climate apocalypse comes. Then they will have to face their god.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Gif of the Day


There's more than one way to get your exercise, I guess.

Recommended Reading

I hope you're not actually out doing Black Friday shopping seeing as it's a scam that makes retail workers wish for a swift death. Instead, you should be reading something like this:

100 Ways to Support—Not Appropriate From—Native People

This list had a couple things on it that I didn't know. I know 100 sounds like a lot but it really doesn't take that long to read, I promise.

That's all I have for today. I am celebrating something - I got an awesome new job. Don't worry, few readers. The job will allow me to continue blogging. I mean, nothing would stop me, but you know.

If you can, take a little time for yourself this weekend. Take care of yourself. Do it for me.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Gif of the Day


Have I ever expressed how much I love this movie?

It's the little things.

Tell Me Again to Vote for Hillary Clinton

Yes I'm still blogging today at least once because though I am spending time with my family today, it's not until the afternoon and I refuse to recognize any holiday that might fall on this date.

Also I woke up to this shit:

Hillary Clinton: Europe must curb immigration to stop rightwing populists

Europe must get a handle on immigration to combat a growing threat from rightwing populists, Hillary Clinton has said, calling on the continent’s leaders to send out a stronger signal showing they are “not going to be able to continue to provide refuge and support”. 
In an interview with the Guardian, the former Democratic presidential candidate praised the generosity shown by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, but suggested immigration was inflaming voters and contributed to the election of Donald Trump and Britain’s vote to leave the EU.




Here's the scary thing. Hillary does not believe that limiting immigration to appease the right is going to stop right wing populism. Or even slow it. It's going to embolden them. Hillary Clinton is a veteran politician who has had the benefit of top-notch education. She knows exactly what she is doing.

So does she want to limit immigration despite the fact that it will encourage the new rise of fascism?

Or because it will encourage the new rise of fascism?

I'm leaning heavily toward the latter.

Listen. I cried on election night 2016 just like you did. I hate Trump with all my soul. I hope he dies today. But Hillary Clinton scares the shit out of me and this is why. THIS is the kind of thing that makes people say that she's just as bad as Trump, and this is the kind of thing that makes me think they have a point. She has very different tactics, and yes Trump does have tactics, but how am I supposed to look at this and think that they don't have the same goals?

No, that's not right. Trump's goal is to get as much for himself as he can and feed his bloated black hole of an ego. Hillary Clinton's goals, well, it's not as easy to say. Ultimately they might be the same or similar. But she is almost certainly thinking way further ahead.

I don't even know right now, actually. Honestly, this is just really upsetting and scary. She's blaming "immigration" on the current rise of fascism. But she's not even calling it fascism, she's calling it "populism," which implicates the left as well as the right. This in spite of the fact that the refugees desperately trying to find a place to survive are and have always been merely a scapegoat. It's economic instability (read: late-stage capitalism) and the fact that the oppressed are starting to grab some power for themselves that has caused fascist uprisings around the world.

There is no doubt in my mind that Hillary Clinton understands this. Yet she's feeding into the scapegoating of migrants.

Neoliberalism is terrifying. Hillary Clinton is not your friend.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Gif of the Day



The anticipation makes this gif so much better.

Federal Judge Rules That Lopping Off the Clitoris is Constitutional

[TRIGGER WARNING: CHILD ABUSE, CISSEXISM, MUTILATION]

Today in Issues I Ignorantly Assumed Only Applied to Countries Other Than the U.S. Because I Still Do That for Some Reason.

Ban on female genital mutilation ruled unconstitutional

I will be referring to this as "clitoral mutilation" because there is no such thing as "female genitals." However, we can all recognize that in a highly cissexist society, this is meant as an attack on women. "This" meaning both the ruling and clitoral mutilation in general.

A federal judge in Chicago has ruled that the US law against female genital mutilation is unconstitutional, dismissing charges against eight people, including two doctors. 
District Judge Bernard Friedman said “Congress overstepped its bounds” by outlawing the practice known as female circumcision, or cutting. 
Friedman said it was up to states rather than Congress to regulate the practice.

So basically, this judge is just an asshole conservative "states rights are very important to me as long as it affords me an opportunity to hurt oppressed people" type of guy. Meanwhile, people who subjected underage girls to an unnecessary surgery meant to severely reduce their sexual pleasure while exposing them to awful and common complications from this procedure will get away with it and possibly go on to hurt more girls.

This ruling will likely go on to be overturned, but the fact that I had to read that headline with my own eyes today in addition to all the other bullshit that's going on in the world means that a certain Judge can go fuck himself all the way to retirement, which should be tomorrow.

Anyway here's all Judge Friedman's information including phone numbers you can call.

TIME, Don't Miss Out on This Opportunity

Okay okay just hear me out.


So, like, imagine this, TIME.

Person of the Year: Anybody Other Than Trump.

You already did that cheesy as fuck thing with the mirror and the "the Person of the Year is You!" Now try for a gimmick that your subscribers and anyone who might subscribe to you will actually like. Troll the president. This idea is completely free. You don't even have to credit me. Just please do this.

Local Black Man Kicked Out of Menchie's Because His Existence is Scary

This actually made national news. At a Kirkland Menchie's, a place that is literally a 10-minute drive from my apartment, a black man was forced to leave the frozen yogurt shop after the owner called the police on him for sitting while not eating frozen yogurt while black.

Turns out he was there doing his job as a mediator and supervisor for a child and a parent who had lost custody of said child. It's an extremely important job that Mr. Byran Ragland has done for years, presumably because he's good at it.

Luckily, Ragland was not killed by the police who arrived. This is in part because he did not make any fuss about it because he was afraid that if he stood up for himself and demanded dignity as a human being, the cops would murder him.

I've been following this story for the past several days, and I am impressed by the local community for organizing a protest outside of the Menchie's in question. I'm also clearly out of the loop because I had no idea there was going to be a protest until it was over and the local news was reporting on it.

The owner of that Menchie's has "apologized," and I put that in quotes because what he really did was release a list of excuses. Apparently, the staff had been traumatized by a couple of recent incidents of violence in the shop, and that's why they called the owner about Ragland. The owner repeatedly insists that this was not about race, or, in his words, "color."

“We didn’t look at it as ‘he is black,'” store owner Ramon Cruz told KIRO 7. “…(We looked at it) as a person who could be a problem from a safety perspective.”

I don't know why people can't stop for a second to consider something so simple as: "Would the staff have been afraid of Ragland if he were white? Probably not."

What people like the Mechie's boss need to do is actually offer to sit down with their victims and organizations like the NAACP and ask them "what do I need to do to make this right?" Instead of offering up a bunch of excuses and insisting that it's not about race when it always, always is about race. The insistence on ignoring race stopped the Menchie's owner from asking his employees when they called him, "is he a black man?" And when they say yes, you don't call the police. You come down to the store yourself and calm your employees and maybe ask Ragland what's up. But if you were really sensitive about racial issues, you would not call the cops on anybody who was just sitting there unless you knew for sure they were white.

Anyway, Ragland and the local NAACP are calling for a boycott and want to take over this Menchie's, and also I love this guy.

“They are gonna say he should be able to go on with his life,” Ragland said. “You know what I say? I say you cannot allow white supremacy to scurry away in the corner and lick its wounds and regroup. You got to keep your foot on white supremacy’s neck. You got to grind your boot into white supremacy’s throat until you hear it stop breathing. And when it’s looking up at you begging for mercy, you show it none. Because over the last 400 years, it hasn’t shown you any. Those are my intentions, that’s my agenda. I ask: How many allies do I still have left?”

I'm with you, Ragland.

Black men who are killed by police called on them for existing don't get another chance.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Gif of the Day


Me getting ready to kills some transphobes and racists.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today, two days before Thanksgiving, is the international Transgender Day of Remembrance. On Thursday, many trans people will not be able to go home and see their families because of transphobic bigotry. Others will be forced to remain closeted just so they can sit at the table and not have to fear hostility.

Globally, 369 trans people have been murdered for being trans - that we know of. Most of them were women, migrants, and/or sex workers. You can see the full list here.

As of October 3, 22 trans people have been murdered for being trans (that we know of) in the U.S. in 2018. Last year, the number for the entire year was 29. I'm hoping we're doing better this year but it's impossible to know for sure.

Trans people have had yet another rough year with the Trump administration attacking trans rights and taking steps to eliminate recognition of their existence altogether. Prominent transgender activists have also had their passports confiscated and their information "mysteriously" disappear from official records so that they are unable to obtain a new one with their actual gender. This is a calculated attack that spells trouble ahead for trans people in this country. You know, more than usual.

If you're cis and know any trans people, make sure to check in on them this week and generally around the holidays. And maybe take some time to reflect on the fact that the average lifespan of a trans person anywhere in the world is incredibly low.

If you're trans, know that you can reach out to me any time for anything. If you just need someone to talk to, I'm pretty good at listening. If you need a distraction, let's play Steam games together or just joke about silly stuff.

You're beautiful and amazing and I will never stop fighting for you.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Gif of the Day


Excuse me what the fuck.

Random Musings Because Whatever

I was on my way to a play test in Seattle today, and as I was driving down Lake City Way, out of nowhere, something occurred to me. A little background: Scientists are split on whether or not it's likely that sentient life exists elsewhere in the universe. To a lot of people, it seems impossible to think that we would be the only highly advanced species to exist in the unknowable vastness of space. However, the biologists who know just how exact the conditions have to be on a planet in order for it to support life as all has convinced many of them that it's very likely that we are alone.

At first, I found this idea to be depressing. I want to meet some fucking aliens, you guys. Shit.

But today, as I was driving through North Seattle, for no reason at all, without even thinking about this subject beforehand, it struck me that if it's true that this is the only planet in the entire universe, which could be infinite as far as we know, that can support sentient life, then we are so fucking ridiculously lucky. And how precious is life on our planet if we're the only life forms beyond tiny bacteria in all of existence?

Then I laughed, because I'm driving past ugly buildings and billboards on a shitty road surrounded by people rushing off to make money. We could be so incredibly lucky just to exist, and this is what we're doing with our miracle planet? Of course, then I got sad. But I was still stuck with, no matter how cheezy this sounds, how precious life and our time on this planet is.

Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed by how much time we waste every day just trying to get through life in a capitalist system that doesn't actually have to exist at all, how we spend day after day in misery, in a distracted fog, wishing we were somewhere, someone, or sometime else, that it makes me want to start crying and never stop. Sometimes I wonder why I bother participating in it myself. Why do I keep doing the things that are expected of me? Why don't I toss this all aside and go out and experience the world before it's too late? Sometimes I can feel the seconds tick by so intensely, wondering if I only have these few dozen years to be alive and wasting them.

We could all be experiencing so much. We could all be off trying to discover the meaning of life and our reason for being alive. Instead we use all our energy trying to make money and the rest of our time trying to distract ourselves from what a miserable society we've created.

Maybe someday I'll be brave enough to stop talking and start doing. You might not hear from me after that, but assume that I'm happier.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Gif of the Day



How we evil pagan feminist witches charge our phones.

Asylum Seeker on Hunger Strike Dies at Northwest Detention Center

This comes directly from a press release I received via email. Amar Mergensana had been on a hunger strike since August, protesting along with a national prison strike. However, rather than ending his hunger strike along with everyone else, he continued to refuse meals for months, and yesterday a fellow inmate reported witnessing paramedics attempt and fail to resuscitate him, then remove his body.

He was a 40-year-old from Russia who crossed into the U.S. from Mexico to ask for asylum, as is legal standard procedure for someone fleeing dangerous conditions in their homeland. When his asylum was denied, he decided to go on and continue a hunger strike because he would rather die than return to Russia, as he said during his interview with Crosscut in October.

And so, the NWDC and the United States of America let him die rather than releasing him. They had attempted to force-feed him, a practice which I find to be supremely fucked up and a violation of bodily autonomy, but it didn't work. The witness said that Mergensana's hands and feet were blue. I don't know what that means, but suffice it to say that this middle-aged man almost certainly would not have died if he were allowed freedom.

Maybe they wanted him to die. They certainly treated him as such.

“We are horrified and saddened by Amar Mergensana’s death. He died protesting his detention and imminent deportation in the only way that was left to him. His death makes clear that ICE and GEO Group cannot guarantee the health and safety of people they cage. The more than one dozen hunger strikes by people detained since 2014, in which hundreds have taken part, speak to the need to shut down these cages for immigrants once and for all,” stated Maru Mora Villalpando of NWDC Resistance. “In the last written statement he gave us, Amar described being left in a cold locked room, naked, and with nothing but a bed sheet and a thin blanket. We demand that ICE and GEO Group be held accountable for their role in Amar’s death,” Villalpando continued.

So was it hyperthermia? We may never know. What we do know is that ICE and the NWDC murdered this man, who suffered immensely in an attempt to gain freedom for himself and help his fellow prisoners. This is a travesty.

Trump Tells Antifa What We Already Know

You probably saw the news that Lord Dampnut "warned" antifa, or whatever he thinks is antifa, that their "opposition" was going to become violent after a small group of mostly liberals yelled at Tucker Carlson's house for 15 minutes. He did so in an interview with the Daily Caller, which of course Dampnut agreed to an interview with, because it's a right-wing propaganda rag that was created by Tucker Carlson.

Trumps Warns of Violent Backlash from "the Opposition to Antifa"

They better hope that the opposition to Antifa decides not to mobilize. These people, like the Antifa—they better hope that the other side doesn’t mobilize. Because if they do, they’re much tougher. Much stronger. Potentially much more violent. And Antifa’s going to be in big trouble. [...] Because if you look, the other side, it’s the military. It’s the police. It’s a lot of very strong, a lot of very tough people. Tougher than them. And smarter than them. They’re sitting back and watching and they’re getting angrier and angrier.



The hilarious thing about this is how intensely Trump doesn't get it. Anti-fascists already know that their opposition will become violent. Why? Because the opposition to anti-fascists are fascists. All antifa has done since fascists began crawling out of their sewers in the past few years is warn people that FASCISTS WILL BECOME VIOLENT. Actually, what we're really trying to get people to understand is that fascism is an inherently violent ideology. Fascism is violent. Fascists are violent. Anti-fascism is literally nothing more than a response to that violence, which has already mobilized and killed people.

So it's pretty funny that Dampnut thinks he can intimidate antifa by "warning" us that fascists will become [more] violent. And then it gets 1000% better when he basically calls the military and the police fascists. What's not funny is that this might be another way for Trump to encourage fascist violence. It might also be a way of once again priming the general population to accept fascism.

You know what you can do to fight against fascism? Start openly supporting antifa tactics. Call yourself an anti-fascist. You're not for fascism, are you? Then you're an anti-fascist. Antifa only exists because fascism exists. Once the threat of fascism once again retreats into the mud, antifa will disappear. Without antifa action, fascism would quickly overrun this country. Support antifa.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Gif of the Day


I legitimately cannot stop watching this. It's hypnotic. Something about the zoom out with the little feet kicking.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Gif of the Day


It squish.

I don't know what it is but it squish and I like it.

This is Why So Many People Don't Bother Voting

Before you jump into the comments to yell at me for not voting, I did vote. I voted blue across the board and I voted on every race and every proposition and every initiative.

I also got swept up in the pressure to yell at people to vote before this year's midterms, but I did not feel good about it. And this is exactly why:

Progressive Dems back off "Abolish ICE" at first meeting since midterms

Not just Dems in general. "Progressive" Dems, they say.

"We are absolutely still going to be pressing that," said Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, the caucus co-chair. "However, I think our main goal of getting out of the gate is going to be the issues that we ran on across all districts — around healthcare, around good-paying jobs, around dealing with the culture of corruption." 
Pocan, who in July released a statement saying ICE must be abolished, added, "I still think many of us still have issues of immigration reform as a very, very high priority." 

This in itself doesn't sound bad, and I've already fielded excuses made for these "progressives" that they're just focusing on what they can do for now, since abolishing ICE will likely not be possible when they only have control of the House. I'm not saying that's not true. But here's the thing.

I'm on the old side for a Millennial. I remember the George W. Bush years. I remember how so-called progressive Democrats were horrified at the unprecedented powers that Bush gave himself following 9/11 via the Patriot Act and other legislation. I remember how hard they fought against it. They brought it up as much as conservatives brought up 9/11 itself.

Then Obama was elected president and people partied in the streets.

Then he kept those same powers for himself. Not only that, he and his Democratic congress renewed these powers so that he could go on to drone bomb thousands upon thousands of civilians in the Middle East. Suddenly, the Democrats didn't have much to say about the Patriot Act anymore. Now, those powers are just an accepted part of the presidency that Trump now gets to use to his pleasure.

This is what I have come to expect from the Democrats. They used "abolish ICE" as a rallying cry to get more votes, i.e. more power. Now that they have gained some power back, they're backing off. They don't want to abolish ICE and they never did. Why would they rid themselves of another arm of power and control?

Even Pramila Jayapal, a representative in my state who I had come to admire as possibly a real progressive, is backing off hardcore from the idea of abolishing ICE.

Pocan and two fellow Progressive Caucus leaders introduced legislation over the summer aimed at scrapping the agency. One of the lawmakers who introduced the legislation, Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, took issue with the attention paid to the "Abolish Ice" slogan and wondered whether any of the assembled reporters had read her bill, which she said focuses on reforming the immigration system.  
"I would really love it if all of you would read the bill and if you would report on what was in the bill and how we propose building immigration that is humane, where enforcement is transparent, saves taxpayers dollars, and is effective," Jayapal said. 
In July, Jayapal's office issued a press release about the bill with the headline, "Members of Congress Introduce Legislation to Terminate ICE and Transfer Critical Functions to Other Agencies."  
Later Monday, Jayapal told reporters she had "never used" the "Abolish ICE" slogan. She said progressives "need to stop taking the president's frame for this issue."   
"ICE is the agency that is not accountable, humane and transparent and effective. So I think that this agency as it exists is not doing a good job for us. That doesn't mean we are getting rid of enforcement overall, and I just think there's a real distinction between abolishing an agency and abolishing the function. And it would be great for people to just think about that," Jayapal told CBS News.



And so we go from real change to promises of "reform." What I hear in this is that maybe the name of ICE might change, maybe there will be an agency "shakeup," but the essential function of the agency will remain. Latinx people will still be profiled, harassed, brutalized, arrested, torn from their families, and sometimes murdered by U.S. officials who are largely white.

I mean.

After the legislation was introduced over the summer, House Republicans tried to force a vote on the bill in an apparent effort to put Democrats on the record on abolishing ICE. The progressives responded by saying they would vote down their own bill and called the move a "political stunt," according to The Hill. The bill has not been considered on the floor.

This is why people feel like they're being forced to choose between a party of blatant, outward evil and one that only pays lip service to good but is happy to dance with the Devil in private.

Yes, there are many ways in which Democrats are far better than Republicans. But the Democrats, even those who acted like they might be real progressives, continue to let us down. This is why I don't feel good about yelling at people to vote for Democrats. I really don't want to look into the eyes of the black, Latinx, Native, and Middle Eastern people that Democrats string along time and time again only to toss them aside like a soiled sponge when they're not needed anymore. How many times are Democrats going to betray those of us who are the most oppressed, and how many times can I tell them to vote for Democrats anyway?

And before you tell me or said oppressed people that they should vote AND work to build dual power or do the incredible amount of work it would take to muscle a third party into our two-party system, you're gonna need to tell me what work you've done toward that goal. Then maybe tell the Democrats to stop fighting those efforts.

I'm not going to stop voting and I'm going to keep voting for Democrats. But if Democrats really want to keep our support, they need to stop betraying us. I think that's only fair. Seriously. Could there be a fairer statement than that? Just stop dangling liberation in front of our faces and then yanking it away. It's downright cruel.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Gif of the Day


What I've read is that you should absolutely not keep these little guys as pets, no matter how fucking cute those eyes are.

Headline of the Month

You ever see one of those headlines that makes you check the source to see if it's satire and then when you see that it's not, you start screaming and then never stop?

Surging Wealth Inequality Is A Happy Sign That Life Is Becoming Much More Convenient





I know it's painful, but it's actually important for us to read this shit, because this is what the rich really believe is reasonable discourse. I wouldn't be surprised if this argument spread. This is how the rich think, and what they think will convince the poor to accept our lower status.

The shame of socialism is that the wildly talented are restrained from profitably improving the lives of the people around them, and perhaps continents away. Thinking about life two hundred years ago, distance was a severely limiting factor for the talented when it came to making things better for everyone. No doubt there were people with skills similar to those of the richest Americans today, and some became very well-to-do by early 19th century standards. But they didn’t become staggeringly rich simply because a lack of technology limited the ability of the ‘1 percenters’ of the early 19th to touch the U.S. (and the world) with their genius. Limited technology has socialistic qualities in the outcome sense for it restraining the brilliant from improving the lives of others while getting rich for doing just that.

For some unexplained reason, everyone having access to the things they need to survive and thrive would have prevented anyone from inventing things like trains and cars, says John Tamny, Director of the Center for Economic Freedom at FreedomWorks. But under capitalism, the technology that should have freed all of us from drudgery instead allowed a privileged few to hoard 90% of the resources, and that's a good thing!

Before technology shrank the U.S. and the world in a figurative sense, entrepreneurial genius was logically a narrow, town and/or neighborhood concept. After its proliferation, the surging inequality that resulted was the very predictable, and very happy result. The “robber barons” got rich by virtue of erasing cruel living standards simply because the talented could more and more serve the masses. Readers should never forget that the richest entrepreneurs almost always get that way by improving the living conditions of the greatest number of people. Surging wealth inequality is rather egalitarian and immensely compassionate despite what you’re told.



So... wealth inequality is good... because a few rich men were able to take advantage of technology... and get way richer.

The people living in poor areas of the U.S., whether it's neglected and highly policed parts of big cities populated mostly by black and Latinx people, poor rural areas, Native American reservations, or what have you, would be very confused by the idea that the rich "erased cruel living standards." I would honestly like to kidnap John Tamny and force him to sit on a public school toilet in a low-income school in Baltimore for 24 hours. This guy legitimately thinks that because microwaves exist, nobody lives under cruel conditions. But they do. And those conditions exist largely because of that wealthy inequality John is trying to convince us is good.

John goes on to talk about how wealth inequality is great because soon self-driving cars will be able to deliver pizzas to us 24/7! No mention of how those robot cars will be putting poor people out of work which will increase wealth inequality, but I guess if wealth inequality is good, so is mass unemployment and poverty, right? Who cares if the U.S. has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world! Rich people can get Pizza Hut whenever they want! And they won't have to tip those dirty, greedy delivery drivers anymore, right?

You know, I think I was wrong about something. The poor will never be convinced by this "argument" in favor of rich people hoarding all the resources therefore causing poverty. This article is for rich people, to help them convince themselves that their hoarding and creation of mass poverty and misery is a good thing.

Crucial about all this is that the commercial seers who get the future right will grow stunningly rich for being right. The more convenient life is, the more wealth unequal are the living. But as opposed to a sign of hardship, the happier truth is that life is truly cruel when the talented aren’t getting rich. That’s when we know that no one is devising ways to make our lives easier, cheaper, healthier, more productive, and everything else good. Life without rising inequality is very much like life would be with socialism.

It's easier to read this article if you read the entire thing in Samantha Bee's sarcastic fake happy voice.

Thank GOD for poverty. Without poverty, how would the rich be able to have every luxury and convenience that could be imagined????? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA


Monday, November 12, 2018

Gif of the Day


I'm pretty sure that's not how you hockey.

How To Find Success

I had this email from Patreon pop into my inbox this morning and I just had to share.

I will present it in two images, which are really all you need to discover the secret to success:



Are you excited to learn the secret? I bet you are! And you can by scrolling two inches down the page:




See? You don't even need to read the article. Just become a white guy. The end, bye.

Guest Post: 5 Ways You Can Help Less Privileged Women Right Now

Kate Harveston is a political writer from Pennsylvania. Her favorite topics are feminist-focused, but she writes on a wide variety of social and cultural issues. If you enjoy her work, you can follow her on Twitter or visit her blog, Only Slightly Biased.



Most of us have heard the statistic that for every dollar a man earns, a woman earns only $0.80. And while this statistic is valid, it actually only applies to a few women: white women in the United States.
The fact is, in our country and around the world, women continue to battle for equality. And while society has made strides toward promoting female equality at home and globally, many hurdles remain.
Civilizations in some areas of the world still routinely subject women to discrimination based on religious ideology. Even in the United States, women's rights to access birth control and abortion remain very much under attack. While much remains to do, we can all do our small part to promote and lift up women both at home and around the globe.
1. Use Your Voice and Your Privilege
All of us can speak up and speak out for women's equality. But the more privilege you have, the more leverage you have to speak out not just for yourself, but for all women.
Many critics of modern feminism state suburban white women have primarily spearheaded the effort. As a result, the needs of women of color often get neglected. While it is true, for example, that a white woman may earn $0.80 for every dollar a man earns in the U.S., for African-American women, that number drops to $0.63. Latina women earn only $0.54 for every dollar a man makes.
And income inequality isn't the only issue facing women of color. Many of these women have more difficulty accessing essential services, such as birth control and abortion, than do suburban white women. If we truly want to work for equality, we need to include all of our sisterhood into the equation. So if you have the privilege, speak up and speak out — but make sure you do so for all women.
2. Educate Others
Few things make more of an impact on women than education. Sadly, today, in many areas, comprehensive sexual education doesn't exist. Also, women's history often goes ignored in standard courses, and few civics classes include a discussion of women's rights.
Therefore, make it your mission to educate as many young women as possible. If you have medical training, share your knowledge about their birth control options. If you have legal training, teach young women about their rights and about the history of those rights.
Even if you don't have any formal secondary education, election season is a perfect time to teach young women the importance of their vote and the history of what women had to go through to secure that fundamental right.
3. Send a Care Package of Menstrual Hygiene Products
One of the most significant issues facing women in developing countries is the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products. Sadly, this problem also exists among the U.S. homeless population.
To help women close to home, make up baggies for the homeless, including some money, basic food items, socks and, importantly, menstrual hygiene products. To help women globally, contribute to organizations that provide menstrual hygiene and education programs regarding their use to refugee women.
4. Support Female-Centered Organizations
There are a host of nonprofit organizations whose missions are to help women at home and abroad. Many organizations work to combat human rights abuses of women such as clitoral mutilation, a practice that sadly remains common even in some nations where it is legally banned.
Looking to help women closer to home? Have some outgrown but quality clothing in your closet? Consider supporting organizations such as Dress for Success, an organization dedicated to providing proper job interview clothing for low-income job seekers.
5. Help out a New Mom
One simple way to lift up at least one special woman in your life is to help out a new mom. Having a baby is one of life's most joyous, yet also most stressful, events. And in the U.S., many women find themselves rushing to return to work soon after giving birth, despite the heavy demands of a new infant. And these formative years are critical for helping the new baby develop healthy socialization skills, as well as emotional balance.
So if you have a friend who is a new mom, ask what you can do to help. She may not request babysitting or doing diaper duty — it might be something as straightforward as making a grocery run the new mom has no time to do. A helping hand can make a world of difference to a new mom and her baby.
Throughout the ages, women have faced religious and political barriers to equality. But by working together, we can lift women up and work toward a world that values and respects everyone equally. Do your part to use whatever privilege you may have to help the other women in your life and beyond.

I Hate Working

What a terrible thing to say! What an awful thing to admit about myself! What does that say about me? I must be selfish, lazy, a freeloader, a leech. I must expect everyone else to work and take care of me. I must be a drain on my loved ones and society. I must be a pathetic loser who doesn't deserve to live comfortably. Maybe I don't deserve to live.

Is that what that means?

One thing about the U.S. that makes it different (note: different does not mean good) from other countries is a specific history we have around the idea of "work ethic." It's a very Protestant attitude that got all mixed up in the worship of independence created by the whole """new frontier""" thing that was of course bullshit because guess what there were already people here. You could write an entire book on the unique culture of the U.S. and of course plenty of people already have.

My point here is that the U.S. "work ethic" ethos has resulted in a culture in which not wanting to work or disliking work in general is considered a massive and unforgivable character flaw. So unforgivable, in fact, that those who don't want to work are better off dead.

This is also a feature of capitalism. It has to be, because in order for a privileged few to keep making more and more money, everybody below them must engage in labor. The idea of "work ethic" is therefore strong in every capitalist country, but I think it can be argued that it's even stronger in the U.S.

What does this do to people who legitimately don't enjoy working?

Let's try this. What would you do if you didn't have to work? If you had all the money in the world or we lived in fully automated luxury communism and money didn't even exist, what would you do?

The answer is usually that people would work. Not that they would stay at their jobs and change nothing. But most, possibly nearly all people respond with dreams of working fewer hours, changing the nature of their job, starting their own business so they can work for themselves, or maybe switching to another industry but still working. Some people would do only charity work, but that's still work. Some would just stay home with the kids, but that's still work. Some would quit their jobs and write a novel, but trust me, that is some work.

Planting a garden is work. Learning a new skill is work. Even blogging is technically work, you assholes.

Very few would say that they would lie around all day every day watching TV and playing video games. Some might say that they would just travel the world and party all the time, but eventually even the most radical of dudes will get tired of that. But even if they don't, is there something so terrible about someone who wants to go from place to place meeting new people and bringing joy and merriment everywhere they go?

If I didn't have to worry about money for another second of my life, I would still write. I would write in this blog just like I do now, maybe more, maybe not. Maybe I would do more cold pitching to other outlets, maybe not. Nothing in this world could ever stop me from writing about issues of injustice. And that is work.

I think I would also volunteer, and at least some of that volunteer time would be with kitties. Kitties! And I think I would try many things, like hiking, maybe gardening, maybe take cooking classes. There is a possibility that the first few weeks or even months I would play a fuck ton of video games. There are just so many I would like to go back and play again. But I know myself, and I know that if I don't get out and do something every now and again, I will get depressed.

So the truth is that I love working. What I hate is the constant crushing pressure of having to sell my labor to keep myself alive. I hate that I don't have a choice. I can sell my labor for too little pay or I can lose my shelter and live homeless on cold, damp, dangerous streets, begging and living from meal to meal in misery.

That's not what I call a choice, anyway.

I've tried many forms of employment and I always come to hate them. I hate retail. I hate customer service. I hate office jobs. And though there are things about freelancing that are much better than other forms of money making, I still hate that I have to constantly worry about money. Every pitch is laced with the fear and doubt that I'll never be able to make freelance writing into a goddamn career, that I'm not good enough, and that I'll have to get some miserable job at some miserable company in order to keep living.

It often feels like I can't find happiness in a world like this. I can't tell you the number of times I've felt like there is something fundamentally wrong with me because every job makes me miserable. Sometimes to the point of feeling suicidal. In a society that tells us anyone who doesn't work is a bad person, being unable to find any joy in our capitalist hell version of "work" to the point that staying at any job long enough makes you want to die can leave you feeling utterly broken.

And it feels like happiness and life satisfaction are out of reach.

So that's the truth. I hate working. I hate being forced to write for money. I hate being forced to do anything under threat of homelessness and early death. I hate being threatened with homelessness and early death in general. And yet, in spite of everything I just explained right up there, capitalists will still say that I'm a bad person for even admitting to hating this system, that I'm just a lazy moocher who wants to get out of contributing to society (as they fight against every effort to raise taxes).

What I really want is to create a society where no one has to worry about losing their access to basic needs like food, water, and shelter. Where people can just live. Where people can choose their work based on their passions, do as much or as little as they want, and be happy. I wouldn't just want it for me. We could all have this. We just have to decide to create it.

It doesn't feel like that should make me a bad person.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Gif of the Day


What's better than one stubby-legged cat stretch-yawning?

Mail Time



Got my first bit of mail in a while after that post about Tucker Carlson. From "Anjelica." Subject: "Sad - Take responsibility for your choices."

Your latest post where you justify intentionally harrassing people just because you don't like their politics is not only sad but misguided. Other people aren't around to serve as the foils for the emotions you choose to serve and act upon.  
If Carlson says something you dislike, it's *your* chosen values which keep you awake at night, and what you choose to stay awake over or value is not his responsibility, no matter how much you disagree with him.  
It's *yours*. So the idea that Carlson 'makes' people feel fear, or makes someone stay up all night, or makes someone harrass him is merely an evasion of responsibility for the choice to feel those things.  
No, it's not OK to harass people because of what you've chosen to feel while blaming them for your feelings.

Dear Anjelica,

Tucker Carlson is literally a white supremacist. He gets in front of the camera five days a week, or maybe less, I don't know, I don't have cable, but the point is he gets in front of the camera regularly and works to incite violence against people in this country who don't have the privilege of a mansion and gates and money to hire private security and also enough money to get attention from the entire country and have the DC police investigate this as a fucking hate crime, which is the biggest joke I've seen since Trump was elected.

People are dying. White supremacist thugs are patrolling the streets and attacking anyone who stands up to them and/or random people of color or anyone who looks queer. Experts on fascism are saying we're already several steps down the path toward becoming a full blown fascist state.

The fact that you're worried about Tucker being harassed while millions of Jewish people, queer people, and people of color have to fear for their lives because of him shows who you care about and who you don't. As long as we keep doing nothing, more people will die, and things will continue to get worst for the oppressed people of this country. I don't give a flying fuck if Tucker Carlson never has a good night's sleep again. He doesn't deserve it. He gets up every morning and CHOOSES to spew bigotry and knowingly incite deadly violence.

And the idea that we choose to feel our feelings is bullshit. Emotions are a reflex. You can only choose what to do with them. I'm choosing to use my anger to speak out against fascists and encourage direct action that might actually be effective. That post caused you to feel something that you did not choose to feel. What you did choose to do was use your time and energy to chide me for refusing to do nothing and let this country slide into a fascist state where countless oppressed people will be rounded up and murdered. That made me feel angry again, and I choose to say a big "fuck you" in response.

Maybe instead of blaming the people who are made to feel afraid by Tucker's hateful rhetoric, focus on the people he makes feel angry at those same scared people who then go out and attack and murder them. And take like a Psych 101 course or something because you're talking nonsense to a psych nerd. Then choose not to email me again.

Sincerely,

Lindsey "Fuck You Angelica" Weedston